plural alcatras or alcatrases
: a large water bird (as the pelican or frigate bird)

Word History


Portuguese or Spanish alcatraz pelican

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alcatras was in 1555

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“Alcatras.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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